A decade ago building an energy-efficient home was a much bigger investment than it is now. Today's homeowners are utilizing the many, affordable building products that go into an authentic energy-efficient new home. Drastic changes in the economy make it more alluring to have a home that reduces operating and energy costs significantly.
Q: Will I be sacrificing performance and style using WaterSense® bath products?
A: Homeowners typically use over 70 gallons of water a day per person. Much of that usage stems from bathroom activities. High-design, high-efficiency plumbing products for toilets, faucets and showerheads are now available and can reduce water consumption by 20 percent. For example, water flows from a standard showerhead at 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), so a 10-minute shower (with the water running continuously) nets 25 gallons.
Since construction waste is an inherent part of home building, remodels or additions it's important to recycle to minimize the amount of trash that goes into the landfill. Wood, metal and cardboard can all be recycled and many appliances and fixtures can either be resold or recycled too. Choose a contactor who will recycle and insist that there be designated bins on the jobsite.
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